Hitting back at chief parliamentary secretary and BJP MLA Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who had termed the ongoing Sadbhawna rallies as a waste of time, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said he did not need her advice on the issue as maintaining peace, harmony and brotherhood in the state were the most important concerns for him.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a sangat darshan programme here on Thursday, Badal said, “Should I seek her consent on whether these rallies should be organised? If she does not like peace and harmony, it is her own wish.”
Dr Sidhu had said that instead of holding such rallies, the CM and other ministers must meet the public in their offices and do their work. She had also slammed the CM for not giving her time and ignoring her work.
Reacting to the CM’s statement, Dr Sidhu said, “I believe that it is important to work for the people rather than organise rallies. If the CM does not want to listen, it is his wish.”
The chief minister reiterated that the presence of Congress leaders at the radicals’ Sarbat Khalsa had exposed the party’s plan to push the state back in turbulent times, alleging that the Congress was hatching conspiracies to derail development and peace in Punjab.
“The Congress is hobnobbing with separatist forces to disturb the hard-earned peace, communal harmony and brotherhood in the state.
Despite knowing everything, the state Congress leadership has refused to take action against its leaders, including former Khadoor Sahib MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki, who had attended the congregation. This has vindicated our stand that the Congress is wary of a peaceful and prosperous Punjab just for its vested political interests,” he added.
Lashing out at the newly-appointed state Congress chief, Badal said Capt Amarinder Singh had no contribution to his credit for the development of the state, whereas during the tenure of the Akali-BJP alliance, a large number of development projects had been initiated.
Addressing the public, the CM targeted the Congress leadership, saying that it had ignored the state during its long rule at the Centre and had only used power for its vested interests.
“I believe that the problems of the people can only be solved by interacting with them here in villages, but my friends in the Congress enjoy power while sitting in posh bungalows in Chandigarh and don’t bother about the people,” he said.
He appealed to the people to attend the Shiromani Akali Dal’s Sadbhawna rally to be held at Sri Goindwal Sahib on December 14.